Community Choices appoints new board member
Deena Pierott, owner of Mosaic Blueprint, has been appointed to the Community Choices Board of Directors. Deena brings over 15 years of experience in equity and diversity training and is a professional speaker and consultant. Her background includes experience with the Bureau of Transportation, Bureau of Housing and Community Development, Bureau of Environmental Sciences and the Urban League in Portland.
Pierott is involved with National Forum for Black Public Administrators, serves on the Commission on African American Affairs for the State of Washington, and has recently served on the board for the Next Generation of Leaders and the Northwest Equal Employment Opportunities Association. Pierott is also a driving force in the Urban Entrepreneurs Network in the Portland Metro area.
Pierott joins John Wiesman, Rhonda Turner, Kristy Weaver, Sheela Choppala Nestor, Chad Dillard, Patty Duitman, Geoff Knapp, Joe Ludwig, Veronica Satalich, Nancy Stevens, and Florence Wager on the Board of Community Choices.
Community Choices is a non-profit organization which plays a unique and critical role — to listen and use data, and engage and mobilize others to drive long-term, sustainable change that will improve the health of our community and the quality of life for all residents. To learn more about the organization visit www.clarkcommunitychoices.org.
Looking for the next step in your education? Get a running start at Clark College
High school sophomores and juniors can learn how to take the next step in their education by attending one of two “Running Start Information Night” sessions in January. The sessions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, and Wednesday, Jan. 20, in the Clark College gymnasium in the O’Connell Sports Center. The O’Connell Sports Center is located on the southwest corner of Clark College’s main campus, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.
Running Start allows eligible juniors and seniors to take classes to earn college credit while they fulfill their high school graduation requirements. Running Start students attend regular Clark classes during the day or in the evening, along with “regular” college students. They can choose from a full range of academic and professional/technical courses as long as the students meet the criteria and the classes are college-level. The tuition for eligible students is covered by the school district. Students pay for books, transportation, and any miscellaneous class fees. Limited textbook assistance is available for those with financial need.
“Successful Running Start students are generally self-motivated, emotionally mature, and looking for additional academic challenges," says Linda Calvert, Running Start manager. They also reputed to have excellent study and time management skills. They have college-level skills and maturity. Some students are so motivated that they earn their Associate Degree from Clark at the same time that they earn their high school diploma.”
Calvert added: “This session will provide a great chance to hear current Running Start students describe their experiences in the program, including advantages and disadvantages. We’ll talk about the eligibility criteria, testing procedures, deadlines, and more.” Calvert noted that this annual event frequently attracts hundreds of interested students and parents to the college.
For more information on Running Start, visit the Clark College website at www.clark.edu/runningstart. For information about “Running Start Information Nights,” call 992-2366. Individuals who need accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event should contact Clark College’s Disability Support Services Office at 992-2314 or 992-2835 (TTY), or send an e-mail message to email@example.com two weeks in advance of the events.
Sheriff’s office to retain 15 jobs slated for elimination
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office signed a new contract for inmate medical services with Conmed, Inc., of Hanover, MD, that will save enough money to retain nine custody officers and a jail food service coordinator who were to be laid off Jan. 1, 2010, due to budget cuts.
The move comes in tandem with a recent agreement between the County and the Custody Officer’s Guild that saved another five custody officer jobs by deferring a 3.25 percent cost-of-living raise until 2011.
The two agreements will keep all 15 jail employees on the job for the next year and will prevent the closure of 100 jail beds, as was planned with the anticipated layoffs. Four vacant jail positions will be lost, but this will not trigger a reduction in jail capacity.
State Rep. Deb Wallace will be holding a Town Hall meeting, which will preview the upcoming 2010 legislative session, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, Fishers Landing Transit Center, 3510 SE 164th Avenue, and invites residents from the 17th legislative district to attend. Rep. Wallace is also hosting a Capitol tour and lunch hour on Wednesday, Feb.3. For more information or to RSVP, residents can contact Wallace’s legislative assistant Meagan Sharp at 786-7976 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. <> The City of Camas is accepting public input on the Draft 2010 Cemetery Master Plan Document through February 11, 2010. To submit comments, contact Eric Levison at 817-1563 or email him at email@example.com. <> Magenta Theater is having its winter sampler workshops, which consist of four-week sessions from 10 a.m. to noon each Saturday, Jan. 23, 30, and Feb. 6 and 13. The winter sampler workshops are suitable for both new and returning students. Topics covered will include audition techniques, theater terminology, English accents for the stage, character development and more. Students will attend a performance of Crossing Delancey, which will be in production at Magenta at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Attendance at the performance is in addition to the workshops but is included in the registration fee. Students will sit together, with a chaperone, and will be required to take mental notes on the performance. Cost is $55. For more information, call Jaynie Roberts at 606-0033.
Planning Commission meets for its First Tuesday Presentation from 4 to 6 p.m. today, Jan. 5, in Council chambers, 210 E. 13th Street. <> Civil Service Commission meeting is at 6:30 p.m. tonight, in Council chambers, 109 SW 1st Street, 2nd floor. For more information, call 342-5008. <> The next RTC Board of Directors meeting will be held on at 4 p.m. today, Jan. 5, in the 6th floor Training Room of the Clark County Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St, Vancouver, WA 98660.
Tuesday on the air
Cascade Park Community Library Grand Opening Celebration (12-15)--5:03 p.m. CVTV
Clark County Board of Commissioners (live)--5:55 p.m. CVTV
Planning for Healthy Communities: Health Impact Assessments in Land Use Planning (12-1)--9 p.m. CVTV
Standing Together Against Domestic Violence in Our Community! (12-10)--10:45 p.m. CVTV
Clark County Land Use Hearings (12-10)--11:44 p.m. CVTV
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